Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Review: Blinded by Grace by Becky Lower

Title: Blinded by Grace
Author: Becky Lower
Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review
Purchase Link: Amazon

In 1858 New York City, Halwyn Fitzpatrick thinks he's off the hook for attendance at the annual Cotillion Ball. He has no sister to shepherd down the grand staircase this year and no real desire to go through the rituals of courtship and betrothal himself. Besides, he'll know the right girl when he sees her, especially now that he has new spectacles. But his mother has other plans for him. At twenty-seven years of age, her son is in dire need of a wife.
Grace Wagner needs a husband by July in order to inherit the trust her father has left for her. Her stepfather, though, has plans for the money that don't include Grace, and the last thing he wants is for her to find a husband before she turns twenty-one, thereby fulfilling the terms of the trust. She's been in love with Halwyn since she was thirteen, but he hasn't noticed her at any of the balls they've been at over the years. With the aid of his new glasses, he spies Grace from across the room and they share a dance. Grace decides to present him with a business proposition that will satisfy them both. But can a clueless knight in shining armor and a desperate damsel in distress find a way to turn this marriage of convenience into something more?


Happy endings in books are always to be expected when you have certain genre's. What I think I liked most about this book was that the happy ending wasn't straight up and in your face about it. The characters had to work and develop into a rhythem. It was a nice change from that traditional cookie cutter plot.

Ms. Lower's style of writing was easy to follow. It didn't drag on and give excessive detail. She provided just enough to keep you wanting more and reading.

When I sat down to read this book it was 10:00 at night. I had a long day and now I just wanted to relax. When I finished the book I was shocked to see it was now 1:30 at night and the 130 pages had seemlessly flown by.

I think this book could have had more in it. I think with the several months that passed by the timeline that more could have been given to the reader.

I would have liked to see a bit more of their relationship before the 'big moment' happened too. Them as children or teenagers.

I enjoy historical romance and thought this author really excelledin capturing the 1850's.

I give this book a solid 3.5 Stars. Thank you Becky for sending me this ARC. I really did enjoy it.

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